Miller Park Pavilion

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miller park pavilionFacility Rental & Special Services

 Request Facility Rental

For more information on availability, or if you wish to see a facility, call the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department at (309) 434-2260.

The pavilion at Miller Park was built at a cost of $45,000 in 1905, and was one of the finest pavilions ever put in a public park. It was designed by George Miller and is noted for its excellent acoustic properties for dance bands.

This unique landmark was restored in 1977 and continues to be a popular spot for a variety of activities. Rates vary depending upon room size and type of event. Reservations can be made starting January 1 of one year for the following year. (i.e. January 1, 2007 reservations start for 2008 rentals).

The indoor facilities must be scheduled for a minimum of three (3) hours. Various areas are available for rental (see chart below). Payment is due at time of booking for rental space. This payment is non-refundable. Damage Deposits are due 45 days before the event. Commercial enterprises including businesses or corporations for profit will be charged twice the rate.

Because of the Miller Park Pavilion building set-up, any rental involving music must rent out the entire main and upper levels.

Fee Schedule

F-Su & Holidays
DAMAGE Deposit
Entire Main Level $100/hour $150/hour $150
1/2 of Main Level $50/hour $75/hour $150
Upper or 3rd Level $50/hour $75/hour $150
East Porch $75/day $75/day none
Weddings/Dances - (Without Alcohol) $700/day $950/day $300
Weddings - (With Alcohol)
Only allowed from November 1 - March 31)
$850/day $1450/day $500

Space Descriptions

Entire Main Level - Large area with wooden floor and floor to ceiling windows. Overlooks Miller Park Lake. Capacity 200 - 250.

1/2 of Main Level - Partitions divide the main level into two smaller areas. The east side overlooks the lake; the west side faces the zoo. Capacity 100.

Upper or 3rd Level - Carpeted meeting room. Capacity 75.

East Porch - Outside area protected from the elements by an overhead balcony. Electricity and water are available. Capacity 50 - 60.

Dances - Includes entire main and upper levels.

Weddings, etc. - Includes entire main and upper levels. Alcohol will not be considered from April 1st to October 31st. Liquor License must be obtained through Liquor Commission and approved by City Council. Contact the City Clerk to apply for a special liquor license after securing a rental date.

Policies and Procedures

Miller Park Pavilion Rental Policy & Procedures are available at the Parks and Recreation office. For information on availability or if you wish to see the facility, call (309) 434-2260.

Miller Park Pavilion front of pavilion

Photo credit Simone's 3D Tour Galleries.